Author Spotlight – Lindsay Berry

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Author Spotlight

Welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today, the spotlight is on Lindsay Berry.

LindsayFaber Academy Alumna, Lindsay Berry published a suspense novel, Silencio (Matador) in 2016 as L. A. Berry. She is currently writing two novels, one set in 1961 York and the other a present-day thriller set in the south of the UK.

An ex-nurse and midwife, Lindsay is interested in human dynamics and relationships, and explores how unusual events affect a character’s behaviour in her writing. In addition to novels, she writes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. For 15 years, she has resided in Spain during the winter months and in Dorset for the rest of the year. Her hobbies include travelling, dancing, reading, and attending local theatres.

Here’s her book, Silencio

SilencioMercedes returns home empty: with empty arms, empty womb, and empty of emotion. There is nothing left. The tears are spent. 

The midwife carries 16 year-old Mercedes’ son from a delivery room and that is the last time that she sees him alive. His first cries haunt her but her family refuse to acknowledge the possibility that her child still lives. Their silence represses her young spirit.

Ten years later, a woman named Carmen contacts Mercedes, now a journalist, with stories of newborns who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances similar to her own. When Mercedes embarks on an investigation into baby trafficking, she must fight powerful enemies to reveal the truth – so powerful, in fact, that her own life is at risk.

Using her expertise, she unmasks a baby-trafficking network that has spanned decades and moved thousands of children out of Spain. She antagonises key figures when she unearths conspiracies arising from the bloody periods of Spain’s modern history, exposing a criminal underworld hiding in the government, health services and church.

Mercedes becomes their target as they seek to silence her exposé – and her life, and the lives of her loved ones, come under perilous threat…

Silencio is available through Amazon, Kindle, and Troubador

To learn more about Lindsay, visit her website, check out her blog, or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @writelindy or @laberrynovels

 

 

Author Spotlight – Mary A. Clark

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Author Spotlight

Welcome back to another Author Spotlight! This week, I’d like to introduce you to Mary A. Clark.

Mary A. Clark was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents who lived on the MaryClarkSept2010Rutgers University campus. Her family moved to Florida, where she spent her formative years, and was infused with awe and respect for the natural world. She was also aware of the lives of migrant workers, segregation, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Upon moving back to New Jersey, she attended a county college and graduated from Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in psychology. She had a strong sense of being a misfit, which propelled her to find her own place and occupation. She moved to New York City, and worked at the Poetry Festival at St. Clement’s Church, in the then outcast wilds of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. For many years she worked for community organizations, assisting people with housing, education, and other issues. Later she relocated to Florida, and then moved to Virginia where she lives with her mother and three rescue cats.

Let’s take a look at her book, Racing the Sun

racing-the-sun-book-cover-smallWhat do you do when everything and everyone around you – the man you love, your best friends, your co-workers – are changing, and you are also changing? This is the dilemma Leila Payson faces as she charts her own path. Will her new lover, Mark, make the journey with her, or will he be seduced by another love? Her friend Dov is on the wing, seeking love in forbidden places. Another friend, Maria, makes some unusual choices. Leila must decide whether to stay in her job as a teacher or run her new group bringing together disabled and non-disabled people. Then there are those stones with mysterious symbols in the local park’s garden, a DNA surprise, a cult, rumors, and a renegade guidance counselor. Being a trusting, caring person in the modern world, Leila finds, comes with its challenges.

Endorsements: 

“Mary Clark is out with her second book of this series. Well-developed, diverse range of characters you may easily recognize. Smooth reading with striking metaphors. You may easily start the series with this book first, if you like. A fiction of exploration for your mind. I highly recommend this book! Mary is a poet, a true thinker.” — Sally Young-eslinger, artist and avid reader

“Racing the Sun follows on from Miami Morning as a novel with a conscience, its protagonist, Leila, living professionally and personally with a sense of urgency, yet not adverse to pausing here and there in appreciation of simpler moments. This engaging narrative is full of conversations of purpose and planning, framed by a sense of place and belonging, but, also, exploration, drawing the reader into a diverse community of friends, colleagues, and new and unexpected acquaintances who support and challenge each other and, ultimately, discover collaboration is the way to make positive things happen.” — D. M. Denton, author of Without The Veil Between, Anne Bronte: A Fine and Subtle Spirit

You can purchase Racing the Sun on Amazon and Smashwords. For more information, visit https://booklaunch.io/mcey es/racingthesun

Connect with Mary through her blogwebsite, Facebook, and Twitter.

Author Spotlight – Lorna Hollifield

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Author Spotlight

This week’s Author Spotlight features Lorna Hollifield.

LornaHollifield1Lorna Hollifield was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Kimsey, and two mutts, Scarlet and Daisy.  

She’s been an author from the time she could speak, always spinning yarns for anyone who would listen.  She began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before finally deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction.  Tobacco Sun is her first novel, and she’s delighted to share it with the world!  

Lorna has also served as President for the South Carolina Writers Association, and loves speaking about her craft at literary conferences and community events (especially charitable ones).  

When Lorna isn’t writing fiction, she enjoys blogging about writable women at whatswriteincharleston.com.

Let’s take a look at her book, Tobacco Sun

Synopsis:
The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank TobaccoSunCoverSinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.

Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why. 

The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?

A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption.

Tobacco Sun can be purchased on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble. 
Connect with Lorna through her Blog, Facebook, Twitter – Fan page is @fansoflornah, Lorna’s is @AuthorLornaH, and Instagram.

Author Spotlight – Neal Parks

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Author Spotlight

Welcome to another episode of Author Spotlight. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Neal Parks. Neal is an Award Winning Author, Artist, Paranormal Researcher, Investigator, Public Speaker, and founder of Parks Paranormal Research and Investigation, with over twenty five years of firsthand experience.

Welcome, Neal. Can you tell us about yourself?

NP: My journey started with fascinating stories that my grandmother would tell me about local and regional ghost legends, UFO sightings, Bigfoot sightings and various other Neal Parksunworldly encounters. Personal experience also played a major role in my wide-eyed wonder and reflection.

In September of 2007 my research was featured in the book Ghosts from Coast to Coast – America’s Best Ghost Investigators. In September of 2008, I released my first book titled, Paranormal Chronicles Tales of Humor, Horror and the Absolutely Strange

My first book, Paranormal Chronicles – Tales of Humor, Horror and the Absolutely Strange was self-published by Lulu Press. An inspirational and Paranormal work and is a compilation of short stories, it was characterized by Andy Dominianni, a former news anchorman from FOX28 News as a, “Fun and Scary good time,” while Yolanda Harris from FOX28 called it, “A frightening and inspirational book full of heart, scares and some laughs.” A moderate commercial success, by December 2011, it has continued to sell well nationally and has made its way through the international markets. 
NP: My second book, Haunted Chillicothe – True Ghost Stories, Tales, Legends and Folklore was another self-published effort by Lulu Publishing, released in 2010. It too is a collection of ghostly tales. However, it is completely a local effort sold directly in my hometown to help promote tourism in the area. I have also appeared as a guest speaker and presenter at the 2007 – 2016 Chilliicothe Ghost Walk, the Mid Ohio Paranormal Convention in 2010, the 2008, and 2013 – 2015 Mothman Festival, the 2016 C.R.E.E.P. Fest, the 2017 Chillicothe Halloween Festival as well as speaking at schools, libraries and churches during the Halloween season. I’ve been featured in several articles, newsletters / newspapers, radio, television and documentary films. I have also been featured in two other books and a documentary due to my research and experience in the field of paranormal investigation. My third book, Haunted Holiday’s – Tales of Inspiration, Terror and Reflection was picked up by SynergEbook in 2012 and went global. It won a literary award in 2014, and earned critical praise.
 
My newest book and fourth release, Haunted Enough? Terrifying Tales to Tell your Friends (Paranormal Chronicles 2) will be released in Spring 2018. 
Please feel free to contact Neal at parksparanormal@gmail.com, or fonzy1959@yahoo.com.
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Let’s take a look at an excerpt from Haunted Holidays…
   “Check that out, Stacey,” Kristin said.    
   “Who could that be?” Stacey replied, softly chuckling.      
   The dark figure stood silently watching them, without moving. The longer the person stood there, the louder and more obnoxious the girls became. 
   “Look everyone, it’s the Grim Reaper!” one of the girls shouted. 
   The girls burst out into laughter. 
   The shadowed figure started to move toward them, silently shuffling in their direction. 
   “Oh no, he’s on the move!” Kristin said to the group. 
   Within inches from the group of girls, the shadowed figure completely vanished and a blast of intense heat filled the hall where the girls were standing. It left behind the stench of burning wood and ash. 
   “What just happened?” Stacey shouted. 
   “Who was that? Where did he go?” Kristin asked. 

Reviews:

 

“Neal Parks has done it again!! Haunting at its best! Haunted Holiday is filled with non-stop paranormal action. From Halloween all the way yo the new year, Haunted Holiday reveals horrifying true paranormal encounters. Mind blowing! You won’t be able to put this book down! Spectacular stocking stuffer for the holidays or any time of year. Haunted Holidays has my two thumbs up along with a five star rating.” – Karen Vance Hammond, Author of Shoe Maker


“This book was terrific! It was super well written, interesting, and spooky. I absolutely loved how the book tied in individual holidays and showed how ghosts can be found in each. I am a teacher and I think each of these stories will make a great read-aloud as we get close to each holiday season because they are short and can be read within a few minutes. Additionally, I loved how this book showed that ghosts can actually be angels too. Really entertaining!” – D.H., School Teacher, OH 

“This book is so good! I’m not even halfway through Haunted Holidays and I have completely gotten sucked in. I’ve read Neal Parks’ earlier works and this piece is by far his best effort to date! He’s a great storyteller and writer, one of the best modern authors out now! Buy this book today!” – Amanda Quinn

“For Neal Parks, the holiday season begins a little earlier than for most folks – although he’s hoping to in some way change that feeling. The local paranormal investigator’s third book, Haunted Holidays, features a series of 12“short stories … about paranormal phenomenon experienced in the period between Halloween and New Year’s Eve.” – http://www.hellnotes.com 

 

Grab your copy of Neal’s books from Neal Parks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

For more information, visit Neal’s websitehis IMDb page, YouTube channelNeal Parks on PatrolParks Paranormal Research and Investigation, or connect with him on Facebook.

When You Corner an Author: L.M. Nelson…An Interview

Check out my interview with the amazing Rachael Ritchey.

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Do you ever wonder about the people behind the books floating around out there? You know, the books in cyberspace. The ones crowding shop shelves and stacked on the floor beside your bed. Those books.

Who are the people behind them? The ones we call writers, and dare I say…authors. Are they mind readers? Lofty billionaire types? Hermits? Too-cool-for-school celebrities?

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What if they’re actually regular people just like the rest of us? You know, high school students, college grads, moms, dads, working stiffs, introverts, extroverts, introverted extroverts (holla!), bikini models, teachers, doctors, dreamers, movers, shakers… Yeah, I think you get the picture.

In order to pull back part of the curtain, I think it’s terribly fun to interview authors, those writer folks, and poke around in the clutter that is their brains. I love for you to meet the people behind the stories and have opportunities to make connections, build…

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